ninety percent of the audience
wouldn’t know the difference
sometimes it’s not worth
for instance, would a Police Captain
show up in the field as much as
yes. The captain will show up...
for a homicide, yeah. You’d
have a whole Homicide unit with
a Captain and a Lieutenant. There
are several dozen captains in
the San Francisco Police department.
There would usually be one at
a homicide investigation. That’s
was your first scene for “Mr.
Monk and the Other Detective”
shopping center in Calabasas,
Commons, northwest of L.A..”
Was the cast of Monk
fun to work with or was it all
was an amazing thing,” Tom
recalls. “ Everybody was
nice, open and not just the cast,
but the crew as well… hair,
makeup, grips, gaffers, guest
director [Eric Launeville], everybody…
real fun. Jason Alexander was
the guest star. He was very open,
no airs or pretensions.
felt very welcome when I came
back. It was like a family reunion.
It was the first episode of the
new season and they hadn’t
seen each other.
last time Jason… Gray-Stanford
had just finished a Clint Eastwood
of Our Fathers, about
Iwo Jima. We talked about it at
lunch. He was really excited.
They shot in Iceland. He was telling
me how really great it was to
be directed by Clint Eastwood.
was even better: twice as fun.”
Did the Monk
producers just call you up and
say that you were so great the
first time around that they had
to have you back?
casting director Corbin [Bronson]
called late Wednesday afternoon
and said ‘You did a good
job the first time. We’d
like you to do it again, but the
thing is we film tomorrow morning.’
I said [enthusiastically] ‘Where
do you want me?! And what time
do you want me there?!’
we were done Randy Zisk said ‘Hey,
we’ll have you back again.’
A recurring role, in a series
like this, is most actors’
Did you go to Edwards Air Force
base for the filming of “Mr.
Monk and the Astronaut?”
If so, what was that like?
I didn’t. My scenes are
all shot in South Central L.A..
It’s a lower middle class
neighborhood really, near USC,
but the scene features a bad guy
who’s supposed to live in
a bad neighborhood so they had
to mess it up some.”
Did they beef up your role a little?
I just had a scene where I come
in with a print out of phone records
of the murder victim’s calls.
I have some dialogue with Ted
Levine. He says, ‘Oh, yeah,
thanks.’ But they added
stuff with me directing men to
the murder scene.”
they’ve asked you back for
Randy Zisk told me, ‘Oh,
we’ll have you come back
and do more.’”
Do you have any funny, peculiar
or inspirational anecdotes about
the filming of either episode?
no… It was just really good
and nice. Ted Levine and I really
hit it off. There’s a lot
of down time. They’d put
the stand ins in. We’d go
for a cup of coffee, Ted and I.
He was just a real nice guy, really
Shalhoub always said ‘Hi.’
He was friendly too, but he was
focused. He was very nice, but
as a guest star you never want
to bother the main star. They
need their own space. You can
tell when someone needs to be
mentioned he’d been doing
a horror film on the break and
Jason his stuff, but Tony didn’t.
He spent time with his family.”
Who’s the funniest member
of the cast?
all are. Jason and Ted and Tony
and Traylor all collaborate. They
say, ‘Let’s try it
this way or let’s try it
that way.’ There’s
usually eight or ten takes. It’s
such a group effort. Everybody
was open to changes. Some directors
are very 'it’s my way or
the highway,' but not Randy Zisk.
They all have a chemistry. They
know what works.”
Who’s the smartest?
all very smart, very intelligent.
They work together as a cast.”
you know how old Jason Gray-Stanford